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  1. I have a 240. It gets up there. I use post eq and add a few db. Some good youtube videos explaining how to use post eq with Spider V.

    I've been a recording engineer for about 40 years. I know all about EQ. The 120 couldn't keep up with a loud drummer, the 240 has no problem. Post EQ helps if you are trying to carve frequencies to cut better, but doesn't  boost all frequencies, so apparent loudness is effected. I don't like to screw with my tone to overcome deficiencies of an amp. YMMV


  2. Mine's plenty loud with stock speakers. I did talk to a couple guys that replaced the V120 speaker with an Eminence Legend and another with a WGS Vintage. They said they louder speakers. Hard to say without hearing the difference myself. I imagine they have to have a work around fo cab modeling using those.

     

    Have you tried your 120 with a loud drummer? At max volume, mine was barely getting by. And distorted sounds with naturally more compression got lost.


  3. My V240 is plenty loud too; I have no problem keeping up with our very loud drummer. The V120 couldn't, BTW, so I swapped it for the 240.

     

    Speaker efficiency might be a factor too. What cabinet and speakers are you using? Inefficient speakers can dramatically effect overall loudness. For example, in my Fender SCXD, the stock speaker is about 1/2 as loud as a replacement Eminence Legend 105!


  4. The screen and everything else works perfectly. Theres is just no sound coming out of the speaker. Only the headphone output

     

    Since the headphone jack has a switch that cuts of sound to the speaker, if you haven't tried it already, try inserting and removing the headphone plug in several times to see if it's just a sticky switch. Good luck!

     


  5. I'm sure this has been answered but I couldn't find it

    Do any of the spider v amps have a vdi input for variax? The singer in my band may well be interested in these as he's always liked my firehawk and the interaction with variax, he currently uses a variax with a fender mustang amp

     

    Nope, none have a VDI input.

     


  6. Not finding any way to to "lock" the assignment. It's a per preset deal.

     

    I guess I'm not explaining it well. In a preset, if you have an external pedal connected to the FVB3, if you assign an effect to be controlled by an expression pedal, it automatically assigns it to the external pedal. I want to assign it to the internal pedal. I don't know any way to do that, Is there a way?

     

    When an external pedal is connected, if there is no effect assigned to an expression pedal, the external pedal controls volume, so some presets will have the external pedal controlling volume, and those with an effect being assigned will have the internal pedal controlling volume. This can be confusing during a gig., especially when you have both kinds of presets on one bank.


  7. I don't believe there is a way to globally lock this, you will have to assign the volume control to the correct expression pedal in each preset.

     

    There is no way to change the pedal assignment of the volume or the assigned effect. Once you assign an effect to be controlled by an expression pedal, it defaults to the external expression pedal. Is there a way to assign it per preset? I don't care if it's global, I just want to lock the external pedal to be volume.


  8. I've got the FBV3 and use an external expression pedal to control effects. What I've found is that when you assign an effect to the FBV3, it defaults the effect control to the external expression pedal. But since volume control defaults to the external pedal with no effect assigned, volume control switches to the internal pedal. I know that the red LED on the FBV3 indicates the change of mode, but it's easy to overlook it.

     

    This can be very confusing when gigging. Is there any way to lock the volume control to the external expression pedal when assigning an effect to the FBV3? That way the external pedal will always be volume, and the internal pedal will always be effects.
     


  9. Has anyone created a patch for a resonator using the Spider V series amps? Would be nice to have that for the opening of Voices from Alice in Chains.

     

    I don't hear a "resonator" at the beginning of the tune. It sounds like synth pads to me. You could try some of the synth effects on the Spider, but I don't think they will get you there. They're more for simple lead tones.

     


  10. A Swell Time. And the one mentioned above, Secret Travel. Both are in factory 2. Only two I've found, but I didn't look at them all. Secret Travel is interesting, but the swell effect isn't why; it's littered with delays.

     

    I think you're right in that it was released before being ready, or worse, and I hate to say it, maybe it's just poorly designed. The way it is now, I don't I think I'd find much use for it all. I was really looking forward to this effect. Oh well.

     

    I fired up the HD to refresh my memory of what its auto-volume is like. Way better. Simple. And does exactly what you think it would do. The only thing missing from it is the ability to adjust the swell time for being longer, thinking second(s).

     

    I'm not sure why, but I don't have either of those presets and I've done the update. I've got all the new amps and effects.


  11. Used the Spider 120 for the first time with the band. Some how I managed

    to delete the very first preset fumbling with the foot switches. So before this

    happens again, where do you store backups?

    Thanks

    Dan

     

    You have to use the Spider Remote app to save presets. If you only save presets using your amp, it's lost unfortunately. If you've used the Spider Remote app, it will be saved in My Tones if you used that option when the preset was created.

     

    Many have complained that the lack of a computer editor makes it hard to manage presets, since all presets are stored on the Cloud, and can't be accessed by the user. A computer editor would be a great addition and probably increase sales for an already solid product. But it doesn't seem like it's in the cards...


  12. I'm brand new to guitar. Total beginner. I like what the amp has to offer. I really want to buy this amp but all the negative press on this series amp and Line 6 all over you tube makes me a bit apprehensive to spend the money. I have spent hours listening to all the demos and reading all the comments and can't figure out how a 20 year old company could still be in business if their products were that bad. Alternatively, how is a beginner supposed to learn about different effects and tones in a home learning environment if not for these type of amps?

     

    I've been playing guitar for over 50 years(scary thought) and have played in studios and gigged with a wide array of high dollar tube amps, boutique pedals, huge pedalboards, digital multifx and was a recording studio engineer in one of the most prestigious LA studios. Those are my credentials.

     

    The fools on the internet, like the guy who smashed the Spider V, who get their egos stroked by trashing inexpensive equipment, are just that- fools. They're just trying to get attention, and make themselves seem like "experts" to the uninformed. It happens in every internet forum or video from  politics, stereo equipment, you name it. The curse of the internet.

     

    Though not perfect, and not a $3000 tube amp in terms of "ultimate" tone, you can get excellent tones from a Spider V. I know, I have the 240 and wouldn't give a second thought to gigging with it.  And I don't care what the cork sniffing guitar players in the audience think. It's a tool...

     

    Like was stated before, many, if not all of the modeling amps in the price class can be tweaked to give you decent tones. I prefer the Spider because of the wider range of tones and effects available, the superior footswitch arrangement, and the ease of tweaking. YMMV.

     

    Read the manual of one of the modelers,go to a store, take one into a isolation room, play with it for a while. If you bond with it, take it home. Return it if it doesn't work for you. That's my advice. Good luck with your search.

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  13. You can always downgrade if it doesn't work, I can''t see any reason why it wouldn't though.

     

    Atleast you can get a connection.. Show off :D

     

    Actually, is it possible to downgrade? I should think before I type

     

    I upgraded this morning. I tried connection with my Samsung S6, which was previously flakey with constant crashes, and it worked very well. No crashes, responds quickly. I'll test it more this weekend, but I think the bug fixes may have been related to Android devices. There is also a fix for a problem with  V240HD's.

     


  14. Well good for you sunshine. 

     

    "There isn't a manual, but most of the functions are pretty obvious."  I guess I'm a f'ing idiot then because it's not obvious at all.

     

    Trying to scroll through 78 amp models on something the size of a phone.  That's ridiculous.  That's just stupid.

     

    You're a class act, aren't you? I was just trying to give you information so you could make an informed decision. Have a really great day!

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  15. Since the Spider V's have full range speakers in them, they might be an option for you. Try one out and see if it sounds good to you. I would use a preset with the Tube Instrument Preamp. One of the acoustic guitar presets will probably work.


  16. Are you using Android or Apple? I had bad luck with my Samsung s6, crashed constantly. With my Ipad mini, it's been flawless.(Hear that Line 6?) There is no PC editor, unfortunately. There isn't a manual, but most of the functions are pretty obvious. The one that I've found that isn't is the pedal assignment. You have to touch and hold in the function you want to assign the pedal until a dialog box pops up. Ask questions and maybe we can help you. BUT, they should have a guide for the app, and they should create a PC editor.

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